What's the best wine to go with Thanksgiving dinner?
He gave us some tips on choosing a wine to serve (or bring as a gift) for the holiday, and five specific suggestions to make your shopping trip even easier.
1. Chateau Cariziere Muscadet: This light, dry white wine has "a good crispness" and is organically grown. "It's what a Pinot Grigio is supposed to be," Gild says. Price: $12.99.
2. Lini Labrusca Rosato: This is a dry, savory wine that will pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. It's "not your mom's labrusca," Gild says. Price: $14.99.
3. Maison Angelot Bugey Gamay: This light, bright wine has a high acidity. "It should refresh the palette," Gild says - which is what choosing a dinner wine is all about. While some may prefer a heavier flavor - "that's not going to go with food," he said. Price: $14.99.
4. Alodio Ribera Sacra Mencia: "Something a little different from Spain," says Gild. Made from the indigenous Mencia grape, it has dark fruits and dusty tannins, with a peppery, herbal finish. "The snappy finish saves from overpowering dinner," he says. Price: $14.99.
5. Lionel Osmin Villa Chambre d'Amour: This is a lightly sweet wine with a peach flavor - but it's not syrupy sweet. "It should taste like the best peach you ever had," Gild says. Price: $11.99.
More on choosing wine
Western Market tends to stock wines that are natural and have "terroir" - a French term that can be used to describe the "sense of place" in a wine.
"We try to keep the best things for the money," Gild said.
You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a good wine, he said - You should find consistently good wines at $10 to $15 at a market like Western.
If you aren't sure what to choose, just "find a wine guy or gal" and they'll be happy to help. Gild will be available for advice at Western from about 12-7 p.m. Wednesday (the store is closed Thursday).
"The most important thing is to just keep trying different wines," says Gild.
And don't fret your choice of wine too much - "It's only there to enjoy," he said.